Scalpel Weekly News

Week of: August 11, 2014

IN THE NEWS


Consumers Warned Not To Eat Specific Foods in Glass Jars; Botulism Risk

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Director and State Health Officer Dr. Ron Chapman warned consumers not to eat VR Green Farms jarred food products because they may have been improperly produced, making them susceptible to contamination with Clostridium botulinum. Click title to continue reading...


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


FDA To Ensure Reliability of Certain Diagnostic Tests

The FDA has taken important steps to ensure that certain tests used by health care professionals to help diagnose and treat patients provide accurate, consistent, and reliable results. Click title to continue reading...



Rise in Skin Cancer Rates Brings Call to Action

Skin cancer, the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the United States, is a major public health problem that requires immediate action, according to a new Call to Action released by the U.S. Surgeon General. Even though most skin cancers can be prevented, rates of skin cancer, including melanoma, are increasing in the United States. Nearly 5 million people in the U.S. are treated for skin cancer every year, at an average annual cost of $8.1 billion. It is also one of the most common types of cancer among U.S. teens and young adults. Click title to continue reading...



Total Worker Health Programs for Coronary Heart Disease, Stroke

Cardiovascular disease accounts for one in three deaths in the United States each year, and coronary heart disease and stroke account for most of those deaths. In an attempt to prevent one million heart attacks and strokes by 2017, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services launched the Million Hearts initiative, promoting proven and effective interventions in communities and clinical settings. Click title to continue reading...


  CASE ALERTS


Failure to Diagnose and Treat DVT; Defendant’s Burden of Proof

A woman received prophylactic anti-coagulation therapy while she was a patient in a hospital. The doctor who discharged the woman declined to order the continuation of prophylactic anti-coagulation therapy because he found no signs or symptoms indicative of deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism. A week after she was discharged, the woman had a follow up appointment with the discharging physician and complained of additional symptoms. The doctor did not diagnose her with deep vein thrombosis and did not prescribe prophylactic anti-coagulation therapy. The woman subsequently died from a pulmonary embolism caused by deep vein thrombosis. Click title to continue reading...



Neurologist’s Stroke Testimony Inadmissible for Emergency Medicine Specialist

A woman presented to the emergency room with symptoms of an acute stroke. She was treated by a doctor who was board certified in emergency medicine. She was also treated by a doctor who was board certified in internal medicine. The internist treated the woman both while she was admitted to the ER and to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). Neither doctor administered tissue Plasminogen Activator (t-PA), a treatment that works best to help people with strokes caused by clots (ischemic strokes) when it is given right away after stroke symptoms begin. Click title to continue reading...



Employer Plan Claim for Type I Diabetic; No Long-Term Disability

A man with Type I diabetes mellitus worked as a Senior Buyer–Planner for seven years until he was terminated. Three years after he started the job, his endocrinologist wrote a letter to his employer advising that his diabetes control had become aggravated due to substantial stress at work. The doctor recommended that his workweek be reduced to 32 hours. At work, the man struggled to balance his health needs with his position's demands. Click title to continue reading...